|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||2.3 miles (3.7 km)|
|Meets:||A53, A527, B5368, B5370, A34, B5500|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5369 is a wholly urban B-road travelling through the outer urban villages of Newcastle-under-Lyme. The road was originally unclassified but gained its number in the late 1920s.
The road starts right on the edge of the Borough on the A53 in Basford and heads in a northerly direction. Over its length it gradually bears round to the left so it is heading west at the far end; however, there is no particular point where the direction obviously changes. The road starts by passing along Basford Park Road. After a short distance it bends slightly to the right and a service road appears on the left, which is the original drive to the now demolished Basford Hall and existed long before Basford Park Road was even thought of. At the end of the service road, the B5369 reaches a large, grassy area called Wolstanton Marsh (actually in May Bank at this point!) and crosses the A527 at a set of traffic lights. This was only put in when the link road between Jubilee Road and Alexandra Road was built in the 1970s. Prior to this, the B5369 ran through what is now the car park and crossed the A527 at a staggered junction. The old route is clearly visible.
For historical reasons (as this was the first road built) until the 1990s, the route of the B5369 to the south of the A527 actually ran along Oxford Road and Lower Oxford Road, having to TOTSO twice between the two, rather than Basford Park Road, although traffic was not directed that way. This situation lasted until the access from Lower Oxford Road to the A53 was blocked for reasons of safety.
After the A527, the B5369 continues along Wolstanton Marsh, passing Porthill Park Cricket Club (a former haunt of SF Barnes) and meeting the B5368, which multiplexes with the B5369 for a short distance. The Marsh ends soon after this and soon afterwards there's a junction with the (unsignposted) B5370. The B5369 now passes between Bradwell (with street names from Arnold Bennett books) and Wolstanton Golf Course, soon reaching a roundabout with the A34. On the far side, the road continues for about another 1/4 mile before ending on the B5500 (formerly the A52) on the edge of Chesterton.